One of the four gold medals won by Australia at the World University Games in Korea this month was by the Women’s Water Polo team. The Women’s Water Polo team was coached by Monash Graduate and Hall of Fame Inductee, Edward Denis. Eddie was the second inductee into Monash University’s Illustrious Sport Hall of Fame in 2000. He graduated from Monash University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Engineering and with a Masters of Engineering in 1996. This was Eddie’s sixth World University Games tournament, having competed in three as a player and three as a coach. This tournament marks his first Gold Medal.
The Women’s team finished the tournament undefeated, after being the top qualifiers from Group B. In the Gold Medal match against Canada, the game reached full time with scores tied at 3-3, meaning that a penalty shootout was needed to separate the two teams. The final score was 6-3, after Australia scored all three of their penalties and Canada converted none.
|Eddie jumping into the pool to celebrate winning the gold medal|
As a player in his own right, Eddie was a member of the Men’s 2000 Olympic Games team and won the Bronze Medal at the 1993 World Cup before turning his focus on coaching. He is also the Assistant Coach of the Australian Women’s Water Polo team, having helped them to Bronze Medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
|The Australian UniRoos Women's Water Polo Team|
Australia’s position now, as the Women’s World University Water Polo Champions, is a very enviable one. We congratulate the student’s and coaches on their incredible tournament.